“This serum cut my monthly breakouts by half (yes, I counted)”

Breakouts aren’t a ‘what if’ for me, they’re a 'when' – specifically, a monthly occurrence. I have good weeks and bad weeks, whether it be down to hormones or lack of sleep, I never know. Ah, the suspense. But what I do know, is when a product cuts down my monthly tally of spots, it’s good ‘un.

I’ve tried my fareshare of products from Beauty Pie and honestly can’t fault any of them so far, but this particular serum is the Ryan Reynolds of my routine (AKA the best of the bunch or my shining star – you get it).

The bottle I’m going on about is Beauty Pie's Superdrops Brightening Niacinamide (10%) Serum – yes, it’s a mouthful, but bear with it.

Ngl, I didn’t have massively high expectations when I picked this serum from my stash. I honestly just needed a replacement for another empty and liked the idea of brightening my post-inflammatory pigmentation. The reason I wasn’t too fussed was because I’d never had a ‘wow’ moment with anything niacinamide-based.

I know, it’s one of the most talked about ingredients in skincare, but for me it was always a bit…meh. Not bad, but not amazing either, which is not a valuable way to spend your hard-earned cash.

But this 10% niacinamide serum changed my opinion on the Vitamin B3 active. By the time I was halfway through the bottle – consistency is key in skincare – I realised I hadn’t had a spot erupt the entire time. For me, that’s a big deal. It’s worth noting that I don’t have severe active acne – you should always head to a derms office to treat this first – but if like me, you have recurring pimples, I can’t recommend this enough.

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A cluster of my usual monthly breakoutsHearst Owned

It’s also packed with ingredients like evermat (helping to reduce the appearance of pores), oxygenskin (which is thought to promote oxygenation of the skin to add some glow) and Hydroxyacetophenone (impossible to pronounce, but it’s well-known for its antioxidant and soothing properties). Which all in all, make a cracking serum.

Looking at its reviews on the brands website – 760 5* ones, to be precise – I can see it’s a favourite for helping to minimise pores. This personally isn’t a top priority of mine – thanks to my mum and her genetics – but it 100% delivered on its promises to help prevent breakouts in my book.

Obviously, two tiny volcanoes did erupt on my skin eventually, but they weren't as aggressive as my usual regulars and they had a way shorter lifespan, which is definitely progress.

If I was being picky, the only downside for me was that I went through this so quickly, at like Lewis Hamilton-esque speed. I was dispensing these drops every day and night, which might account for how fast it vanished. It does say you can stick to using it once a day – before your serum or moisturiser – but it might have not delivered the amazing results I got if I’d only used it half as much. Who knows?

Another negative is the price. I roughly used this stuff up in six weeks, and considering it’s got a price tag of £60, that’s a lot of money when you add it up. Of course, I didn’t have to delve into my spot treatments so much – saving a tiny bit of money there – but that justification isn’t the strongest. If you’ve got the cash to spend though, I’d put this at the top of my skincare shopping list.

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What is Beauty Pie?

I’m an avid Beauty Pie fan. Not only is it geared up for the bargain hunters (hello, that’s me), thanks to its member-exclusive discounted prices, but it also caters for anything you could ever need in the world of beauty. Heavenly candles? You’ve got it. Supplements to regulate my gut? Don’t mind if I do. I always tell people that if I lost my job in beauty (pls don’t sack me, Cosmo) it would become my go-to for all my beauty supplies.

If you’re new to the world of Beauty Pie, it’s essentially a beauty membership service, which allows you to do a monthly shop of all your favourite products, for £59 a year (less than a fiver per month). You get some mega discounts on some of their products (sadly not the serum I’ve been raving about – it’s a cruel world), because the brand doesn’t add on all the additional costs of advertising, frivolous packaging etc. onto the membership prices.

If the thought of commitment fills you with dread, you can also buy all their products, just with the more spenny pricing. Whichever works for you. The chances are though, you’ll be hooked. It’s essentially a Toys R Us (RIP) but for beauty. Ah, those were the days…

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